— But you will be ready to say, what was your hope in doing this? — What did you look forward to? — To any thing, every thing — to time, chance, circumstances, slow effects, sudden bursts, perserverance and weariness ... Every possibility of good was before me, and the first of blessings secured ... — from Emma, by Jane Austen (1775-1817)
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January 31, 2015

In January, I also read...




  • The Two Mrs Abbotts, by D.E. Stevenson, her third book about Miss Buncle.  The first book was so wonderful;  I thought the second one lost some {a lot} of that sparkle, then this one brought some of it back.
  • A Killing of Angels, by Kate Rhodes.  This series, featuring Dr. Alice Quentin, is so well written, and this second book was only disappointing because I knew who the murderer was, if only by process of elimination. :)  I am looking forward to the third book, which will be out here soon.
  • Abbattoir Blues, by Peter Robinson.  With a title like this, you can't expect a cosy mystery, can you?  This wasn't among my favorites from this excellent series -- a little too gritty of a crime, not enough about the series characters maybe as well -- but I'm always happy to spend time with these books, and this brought me to my first county for Reading England 2015.
  • The Serpent Pool, by Martin Edwards.  I read the fourth book in this series, featuring historian Daniel Kind and cold case detective Hannah Scarlett, first, so now I've caught up with the earlier story ... and I could count this as a county except that since I read so many mysteries it would feel like cheating. 
  • Frederica, by Georgette Heyer.  It's always a treat to have one of her regency romances on my Ipod!
  • The Soul of Discretion, by Susan Hill.  Simon Serrailler goes undercover to try to expose a child pornography ring, there's what really feels like a gratuitous story line about his cold, distant father, and then ... I almost don't want to say anything more, except that there could be {almost has to be} a very different story emerging in the next book.
  • Jane Austen and Food, by Maggie Lane.  It would have been almost impossible for me to resist borrowing this from the library, just because of its title, but then when it was offered as a bargain book for my Kindle ...  I've actually been dipping into this on and off for months, mostly when whatever else I was reading had paled a little or I just needed some comfort reading.  What I took away was that Jane Austen didn't write very much about food, so that every mention of it in her books was significant.  
  • The Boston Girl, by Anita Diamant.  This just came out, so I was surprised to get the audiobook on reserve so quickly.  Soon after her 85th birthday, Addie Baum, the daughter of Jewish immigrants who settle in Boston's North End, tells her granddaughter about her life and her family's in the early years of the 20th century.  There's a lot of color and detail about Boston and Brookline, which I loved. This was a perfect book to listen to.



{This lovely painting is La table devant la fenêtre, by Henri Le Sidaner, found on Pinterest.}

3 comments:

JoAnn said...

Adding The Boston Girl to my audible wish list... sounds wonderful!

Bellezza said...

You read eight books in January?! I clocked only 4, and I feel lucky to have done that. For some reason, it's been a very hectic season here. Probably in part for all the birthdays my family has in January, thanks for the happy wishes for mine. But, mostly, I suspect it's due to all the Common Core crap I have to deal with every single day. Sigh...

Fleur Fisher said...

What a great month. I loved the third Kate Rhodes - I thought it was a great progression - and I hope that you will too.

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